We need to talk about empire: Britain is being forced to confront its ‘original sin’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2020 / The Focus


It all started with the death in Minneapolis on 25 May of an unarmed black …

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Tearing down Fawlty Towers won’t promote racial justice

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2020 / The Focus


  What links the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers and the statue of a 17th-century slave …

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The great game…in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2020


Europe is fighting hard to be relevant to Africa, its nearest continental neighbour. Today (Feb. …

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Questions still linger about colonial-era artefacts

by Rashmee

Posted on December 3, 2019 / The National


Let’s face it, the treatment of colonial-era art can’t really ever be a science. Certainly …

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This week, Britain has a deadline to give up its last African colony

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2019


“Global” Britain, that post-Brexit paradox, is coming at the UK in surprising ways. Britain is …

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Jallianwala Bagh massacre: ‘Regret’ doesn’t cut it, Britain ought to say ‘sorry’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2019 / First Post


  On the hundredth anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, Punjab chief …

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Missionary John Chau’s death shows that colonialist ideas of indigenous peoples are still with us

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2018 / The National


There are startling echoes of Somerset Maugham’s 1921 short story “Rain” in the recent death …

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Melania Trump’s pith helmet represented ‘white supremacist’ 21st-cent colonising force

by Rashmee

Posted on October 11, 2018


I found Elliot Ross’s analysis of Melania Trump’s pith helmet in the African grassland pretty …

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Melania Trump’s Africa wardrobe evoked a brutal history of colonialism

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2018 / The National


It is pointless to parse US first lady Melania Trump’s outfits for meaning, as the …

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How I was drawn into the strangest debate of them all. That #India-is-not-a-sub-continent

by Rashmee

Posted on August 26, 2017


“Dear Rashmee Lall,” the email began, omitting part of my surname. “I admire your work …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK